2 Kings 10 - God Uses Sinful People

Welcome to everyone.

Last week we saw the Justice of God coming on the House of Ahab and Jezebel.

Jehu was anointed to be the King of Israel.
He promptly:

...killed the King of Israel.
Then his men killed the King of Judah.
Both were worshipping Baal.

Then he had Jezebel killed.
Then he had ALL the males in Ahab's lineage killed.

Today we are going to read another amazing story...Jehu continues to Execute the Justice of God.

2 Kings 10:18ff

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Then Jehu brought all the people together and said to them, "Ahab served Baal a little;
Jehu will serve him much more."

19 Now summon all the prophets of Baal,
all his servants and all his priests.
See that no one is missing,
because I am going to hold a great banquet for Baal...

But Jehu was acting deceptively in order to kill the servants of Baal...

21 Then he sent word throughout Israel,
and all the servants of Baal came; not one stayed away.
They crowded into the temple of Baal
until it was full from one end to the other.

22 And Jehu said to the keeper of the wardrobe,
"Bring robes for all the servants of Baal."
So he brought out robes for all of them.

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Anybody see what's coming?
Jehu posted 80 of his soldiers outside the banquet hall with orders that they kill everyone on his command...
"do not let anyone escape."

And that is what happened.

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v27 Then they smashed the memorial stones of Baal.
They also destroyed the temple of Baal and
made it a public toilet...


I guess that tells us what Jehu...and maybe God thinks of idolatry.

As I mentioned last week, there is a reference to Jehu on an ancient 6ft tall obelisk - these were historical records.

Jehu ruled Israel for 28 years.
He was a warrior.
He did what God ordained for him to do.
But listen to v31.

31 Yet Jehu was not careful to keep the law of the Lord,
the God of Israel, with all his heart.


So Jehu wiped out the idolatry of Baal...
but he continued to give worship at a shine to the golden calf.

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Again, I want to mention that we are studying the OT.
It is violent.
If it were made into a movie it would be rated R for violence and sexual content.

The OT is part of the biblical text, but we must read it NOW in light of the gospels and the New Covenant.

So we have read about the judgement and justice of God being swiftly executed by Jehu.

Yet we are told that Jehu did not follow God completely.

We will learn before we are done with 2 Kings that God sends the Assyrians to wipe out the Northern Kingdom of Israel.

Many of the Jews are taken into exile...
to serve the Assyrians as slaves.

It is impossible to know if this could have be avoided.
What if Jehu had led the people BACK to true worship of Yahweh, the God of Israel?

What we do know is that Israel had been unfaithful to God for a few hundred years prior to this judgement.

I am not sure if you know this,
but MANY of the OT prophets that we know by name appear during this time -

the Divided Kingdoms of Israel and Judah.

We have already heard the name Micah.
In addition Obadiah was named.
Remember: he hid 100 prophets from Jezebel - hid them in caves and kept them alive. [1 Kings 18]

We will read soon about Isaiah in 2 Kings 19.
He is the main prophet in the southern kingdom of Judah when the Assyrians are destroying the Northern Kingdom.

Through Isaiah, God promises King Hezekiah of Judah that they will survive the attack of the Assyrians.

But around 150 years later Judah fell into judgement and was destroyed by the Babylonians.

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A significant portion of the OT revolves around God judging His people.

It is during this period of judgement that we get some of most explicit texts of a promised Messiah, coming with healing in His wings...

"Comfort, comfort My people..."

"The Lord will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruin..."

"How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings,
who proclaim salvation, Our God reigns!"

This was all spoken by Isaiah as the Babylonians were attacking the Southern Kingdom of Judah.

The next chapter is Isaiah 53 - the Suffering Messiah.

Scholars disagree on the dating of these chapters,
but these promises are made either WHILE the people of God are watching destruction...

OR after they have been destroyed.

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What are we to make of this?
I hope and pray that I am wrong...

But I think we are headed for difficult times.

We need to be prepared.
We need to KNOW that God is sovereign.
And He is with us.

God's people are suffering around the world.
According to reports compiled by Christianity Today,
around 10,000 Christians are murdered every year...
because they are Christian.

Most of these are killed by Muslims, but the American media will not talk about it -

it goes against our PC culture to say ANYTHING negative about ANY Religion....

except Christianity.

We read how God used Jehu to execute His judgement.

It is difficult to know how things will develop as this election sorts itself out...

But it feels certain that our nation is divided.
And it feels like the media and big tech is pushing us to be divided.

I will continue to urge you to show God's love and grace to those you interact with on a daily basis.

God used Jehu even though he was not following God with all of his heart.

My call to you is to make up your mind NOW to be devoted more fully to God.

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This COVID crisis has hit churches hard.
Many people are not attending their local church since COVID hit.

Obviously, this does not mean that they are not in the kingdom of God.

But we all know people who stopped attending a local church...for whatever reason and have slowly become complacent about their spiritual life.

What is going to happen if/when times get really difficult?

Without fellowship...
without the community of faith around you...
how will your spiritual life hold up?

We do not earn our salvation.
We do not really earn our spiritual stance before God...

But if we give our spiritual life very little effort,
what will it look like 3-5 years down the path?

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During the Divided Kingdom - God brought judgement.
And average people...faithful people, were caught up in the struggle.

Even the prophets had to live in a cave...in secret.

During the Roman persecutions...which were not constant,
Christians suffered.

During these times many Christians went back to their old ways...

When Constantine came to power he called a meeting of ALL the bishops of the Church.

We call this the Council of Nicea, in 325.

ALL the bishops were gathered in a large banquet hall with guards posted all around.

I guarantee you some of these bishops thought about the story we just read...
Jehu calling ALL the prophets of Baal into a large banquet hall...to KILL them!

Constantine did the opposite - he granted freedoms to the bishops and restored land and buildings taken by prior Emperors.

But the fact is...these bishops showed up knowing that it could have gone terribly wrong!

The Justice of God is certain.
When and HOW it happens is hard to know.

I want to end with a text from 2 Thessalonians ch 1

God is just:
He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you
7 ...This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels.

8 He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.

9 They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might...


This is a sobering text about God's justice.
I pray that our nation would receive God's mercy... not His wrath.

I started my spiritual journey wanting to be on God's side.

And I did not want to go to Hell.
I did not want to come under God's judgement.

Many of us start our journey like this.

But we want to move on from this...
I serve God now because I am grateful for His love and mercy towards me.

I want to be in fellowship with HIM.
The idea of NOT having His presence in my life is something I do not want to experience.

THAT is Hell to me.
The absence of the presence of God.

YOU must draw near to God.
He will find you, but YOU need to make the effort towards Him.

My challenge for you TODAY...
Draw near to God.
Do not wait for things to be great.

If you are not serious about faith now,
It could become far more difficult in the future.

And remember Jehu - God is NOT looking for perfect people.

God uses flawed and sinful people.
He is merciful to those who seek Him.

Let's pray.

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